Adam Freestone, Alaskan writer of imaginative creativity
As a near quadriplegic man on a ventilator I'm not someone people are used to seeing. Because of this I tend to attract curious eyes. Along with the curiosity, people are often unsure how to act around me. Commonly they just avoid me, pretend I'm not there, or treat me as if I'm mentally handicapped. These behaviors were what gave me the idea for Hyroc and his appearance. I wondered, with the way people react toward me, how would they react toward someone looking like him. Not too good I suspected because it's hard to be around someone you think may be dangerous. From this, Hyroc's story began to piece itself together in my mind. Living in Alaska, I drew upon the richness of my rugged environment, my experience with it, and a fair bit of imagination to help create the imagery of Hyroc's world.